I spent some time last week with Bill Lazar and Offer Ben-Shachar of the search engine they call "RawSugar."
They showed me an early version of their new blog integration (er, WordPress Widget) as well as their new outline view, which is generated via tags. This engine has come a long way in just a few months since I first wrote about it.
Is it a Google/Yahoo/MSN killer? No. But this could be a game changer for bloggers.
Why? Well, take a look at a search for "Scobleizer" on RawSugar. Look down the left side. Notice the categorization? I think that's awesome! They are the first engine to do this (you have to add your page to their engine and do a little bit of work to make this come out like this).
Anyway, it's not perfect, but RawSugar is demonstrating that search isn't done and that a small company with very few developers can still do things that the big companies can't, or won't, do.
I didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked at this weekend's MindCamp, but the five hours I spent there were really great. Some of the best networking I've seen (employees from Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, along with many others, all mixing together and having fun — and the sessions that I attended were inspiring and interesting). The Technorati results from MindCamp show that it was a huge success.
But, the high water mark in my mind was the Maker Faire. This is a different kind of event from MindCamp. Sort of a "Burning Man Lite." The On10 folks were there with their camcorder and have an interesting report that shows you some of the interesting things you would have seen there (Laura Foy with a flamethrower is a little too hot for me, though).
This morning on Memeorandum there are dozens of bloggers reacting to a New York Times article about IE 7.
Dean Hachamovitch, head of the Internet Explorer team responds: "the search box in IE7 is not Microsoft’s. It belongs to the user. Our guiding principle for the search box in IE7 is that the user is in control."
Nicholas Carr makes an even more interesting point: "If Google wants to fully live up to its ideals – to really give primacy to the goal of user choice in search – it should open up its home page to other search engines."